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Assessing fever in children

Assessing fever in children

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Time to Complete

0.5 hours


July 30, 2015


July 30, 2018

Programme Description

This article by Dr Louise Newson, updated in 2018, discusses the assessment and management of fever in children, including the traffic light system for assessing the child’s symptoms. Key learning points for healthcare professionals include The Advanced Paediatric Life Support (APLS) criteria to define tachycardia, and signs and symptoms of meningococcal disease.

Educational Objectives

After reading this article the healthcare professional should be better able to:
  • Assess a child with a fever
  • List the information that must be clearly recorded at the time of assessment
  • Understand when antibiotics may be appropriate
  • Use the traffic light system to help stratify the risk of serious illness
  • Author

    Activity and test author
    Dr Louise Newson
    West Midlands

    Reviewed in 2018 by:
    Dr Toni Hazell


    This is a learning activity provided by MIMS Learning, featuring learning material and a test. Completing the test enables you to claim 0.5 learning credits (0.5 hours learning). This credit award is recommended by MIMS Learning based on completing the activity and reflecting on what you have learned. If you spend less time on the activity we recommend claiming fewer credits.

    Please proceed with the activity until you have successfully answered all the test questions and completed your evaluation. You will then receive your MIMS Learning CPD certificate, which will be added to your CPD organiser for access at any time and may be exported to the Clarity & RCGP Appraisal Toolkit for GPs.


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